Stockton California Workers' Compensation Law Blog

What are the income rules for SSI?

As this blog has touched on in the past, in addition to being disabled, a person who wants to qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, has to show that he or she makes a limited income and does not have property which he or she can use for support while struggling with a disability.

These rules are in place because the SSI program, unlike SSDI, is needs-based, meaning that a person who is entitled to it need not prove he or she has actually paid in to the Social Security system in order to collect this benefit. On the other hand, the Social Security Administration is going to want to be sure that SSI payments are only going to disabled, and certain other qualified people, who are truly in financial need.

New proposed OSHA rule stirs some employers

The federal Occupations Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has proposed some guidelines regarding the reporting of workplace accidents which have caused some consternation among some employers, particularly those who would like to conduct drug and alcohol tests after an accident.

Specifically, the proposed rule, which took effect this year and was going to require employers to submit data of their work accident histories to OSHA for public posting, will now not actually apply to employers until closer to the end of this year, assuming there are no further delays.

Budget proposal calls for cuts in Social Security

The Republican leadership in Congress has called for a budget that would include cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security. As some Stockton, California, residents may recall, the current President stated in last year's campaign that he had no intention of cutting entitlement programs.

The budget will make $200 billion overall cuts in so called "mandatory programs," of which Social Security disability benefits, including both SSDI and SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, are a part. Supposedly, the budget is designed to set up a tax reform and ensure that such a reform would be feasible.

Can I get both SSDI benefits and workers' compensation?

As those who follow or even have perused through this blog know, our Stockton, California law firm helps victims of work-related accidents or illnesses get the workers' compensation benefits they need in order to pay off medical bills and cover their time away from work. We also help Californians apply for federal Social Security disability benefits.

Since disabilities that qualify for Social Security often are related to work-related accidents or illnesses, some might wonder whether they can get both workers' compensation and disability for the same work accident.

CA law firm fighting to appeal workers' compensation denials

Recently on this blog, we discussed how several Tesla employees suffered repetitive stress injuries while on the job. These workplace injuries may seem relatively minor, but, they can, in fact, be quite serious. They may require extensive surgery, a medication regimen, and an extensive amount of time in rehabilitation. Other on-the-job injuries, such as scaffolding and ladder falls, can leave a worker with serious injuries. While trying to recover their health, these individuals can find it hard to make ends meet. After all, while they are unable to work, they are unable to earn a wage.

This is why the workers' compensation system exists: to help those who have been hurt while performing their job duties. When successfully obtained, claimants can receive cash benefits that can help them recoup their lost wages, pay their medical expenses, and pay for rehabilitation costs. This allows them to focus on reclaiming their health and getting back to work quickly, rather than allowing their condition to go untreated, thereby preventing them from getting back on the job.

The SSI appeals process

Supplemental Security Income claims are heavily scrutinized by the federal government. Those who are deemed not to meet the federal requirements for these benefits are denied benefits, which can really throw them into financial disarray, especially since these individuals lack the ability to work. However, those who have had their initial claim denied should not give up, as the Social Security Administration provides an appeals process that can be utilized to the fullest extent in hopes of recovering the benefits one deserves.

Obtaining disability benefits for having an intellectual disorder

Many Californians suffer from serious injuries and illnesses that leave them unable to work. Under these circumstances, these individuals may find it hard to make ends meet. After all, how are they supposed to pay their rent or mortgage, their utilities, and put food on the table when they have no income? Well, many of these individuals may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, before cash benefits can be obtained, a disabled individual must show the Social Security Administration that they meet certain federal requirements.

Tesla factory workers experiencing stress-related injuries

Innovation drives new jobs and fresh market demand. For workers, this opportunity can provide the chance to learn new skills, but it can also cause unanticipated stress. In California, this exact sentiment is being felt by workers at the Tesla plant in nearby Fremont. Although the facility is called the "factory of the future," its workers have not been able to avoid the industry's history of stress and injury.

Since 2014, more than 100 Tesla workers have been hospitalized for stress-related conditions like fainting and chest pains while on the job, according to a new report by The Guardian. Employees cite CEO Elon Musk's ambitious production goals as the primary cause of the stress. Musk hopes the Fremont plant can produce 125,000 cars in 2018 alone. What is being done to increase production goals without increasing work-related stress?

NSC survey reveals many workers have real concerns about safety

The National Safety Council, the renowned nonprofit advocacy group, recently released the results of a fascinating study gauging employee feelings about workplace safety, a truly important topic given that 4,836 people lost their lives in work-related accidents in 2015 alone.

Specifically, the study, which was designed "to understand perceptions of workplace safety among the U.S. labor force," interviewed 2,000 part-time and full-time employees across 14 industries, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing.

Workplace safety: refusing hazardous work

Many Californians work in jobs that are inherently dangerous. Firefighters, police officers, and even construction and factory workers can be faced with hazardous conditions on a nearly daily basis. For many of these workers, the threat of a work accident is just part of the job. But, they should know that they have legal rights with regard to the protection of their own safety, and employers can do very little, if anything, to those who act on these rights.

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